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OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Waste Anesthetic Gases
The anesthetic gas and vapors that leak out and into the surrounding room during medical procedures are considered waste anesthetic gases. At any given time more than 250,000 people might be exposed unnecessarily to harmful levels of waste anesthetic gases...
OSH Answers: Hazards of Waste Anesthetic Gases
Healthcare workers in a variety of settings can be exposed to the anesthetic gases that leak out during medical procedures. These gases and vapours are known as waste anesthetic gases (WAGs).
Source: WorkSafe BC
NIOSH Study Finds Widespread Use of Scavenging Systems to Control Waste Anesthetic Gases During Medical Procedures, but Other Recommended Controls Lacking
This NIOSH article found that scavenging systems, equipment used to prevent waste anesthetic gases from escaping into the operating room, are widely used but other recommended practices to minimize exposure are not always followed.
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Laser/Electrosurgery Plume
During surgical procedures that use a laser or electrosurgical unit, the thermal destruction of tissue creates a smoke byproduct. An estimated 500,000 workers are exposed to laser or electrosurgical smoke each year, including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgical technologists...
NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic Agents
NIOSH has developed a topic page with information related to preventing occupational exposures to antineoplastic agents, including publications, guidelines and information on effects of exposure.
Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Workers Who Work with Hazardous Drugs
NIOSH recommends that employers provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers who handle hazardous drugs in the workplace.
OSHA Hospital e-Tool: Healthcare Wide Hazards Gluteraldehyde
Glutaraldehyde is a toxic chemical that is used as a cold sterilant to disinfect and clean heat-sensitive medical, surgical and dental equipment.
NIOSH List Adds Thirty-Four Drugs that Pose a Risk to Workers in Healthcare
he National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its 2016 list of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings, updating the list to include 34 added drugs.